The multinational ensemble drama Babel
led Golden Globe contenders Thursday with seven nominations including best dramatic picture and acting honors for Brad Pitt and Rinko Kikuchi.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Toni Collete, Beyonce Knowles, and Meryl Streep collected top acting nominations.
Cohen was nominated for comedy or musical actor for his provocative Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
, while Depp was an unexpected nominee in the category for his reprise of the wobbly Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Other competitors include Aaron Eckhart for Thank You For Smoking
, Will Ferrell for Stranger Than Fiction
and Chiwetel Ejiofor for Kinky Boots
. Collette picked up a bid for the indie hit Little Miss Sunshine
in the musical/comedy class, competing against Knowles for the glitzy Dreamgirls
and Streep for the hellish fashionista in The Devil Wears Prada
. Rounding out the nominees were Annette Bening for Running with Scissors
and Renee Zellweger for Miss Potter
Mel Gibson's bloody epic Apocalypto
and Clint Eastwood's World War II saga Letters from Iwo Jima
were nominated for foreign language Golden Globes Thursday, potentially boosting their prospects for the upcoming Academy Awards.
Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg of The Departed,
Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal
and Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy of Dreamgirls
were among supporting acting nominees.
The musical penguin tale Happy Feet,
the talking autos comedy Cars
and the spooky children's flick Monster House
were nominated for best animated film of 2006.
Among the stars making the announcement this morning at the Beverly Hilton hotel were Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry.
The awards, now in their 64th year, are determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of international journalists who cover Hollywood for foreign news outlets.
The Golden Globe Awards owes much of its status to the popular NBC telecast, which focuses attention on the films during the critical run-up to the higher-profile Academy Awards.
The live ceremony telecast, set for Jan. 15 is known for irreverent moments, like Jack Nicholson mooning the audience, and other offbeat speeches from stars who otherwise play it super-serious come Oscar time.
The awards recognize both film and television, and this year there is a new category: animated feature. Previously films like Aladdin
, The Lion King
, and Toy Story
ranked in the musical/comedy category. This year, Hollywood's animated efforts will fight it out in their own group.
One award recipient already announced is Warren Beatty, who will collected the Cecil B. DeMille life achievement honor, previously given to Anthony Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand and Nicholson, among others.